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School of Performing Arts

  • The MSUM School of Performing Arts brings together students and faculty who share a passion for the arts and provides opportunities for creativity, scholarship, and real world experience. The School of Performing Arts honors tradition while embracing innovation to deliver rigorous and progressive programs. This helps our students realize their potential as passionate leaders in their creative work and develops their talents into a career—and life—in the world of the arts.

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    February 20-23: The Wolves
    March 14: Choir Concert
    March 15: Chamber Concert
  • School of Performing Arts News
    • Percussion Ice Jam on the Quad
      Friday, Feb. 22 | 1-1:15 p.m. | Behind Center for the Arts The MSUM Percussion Ensemble will present a truly unique event: an improvisatory jam on ice instruments! Come join […]
    • Faculty Recital: Music for Two Pianos, Percussion, and Voice
      Sunday, Feb. 24 | 2-4 p.m. | Fox Recital Hall The MSUM School of Performing Arts is proud to present a performance of George Crumb’s incredibly innovative composition […]
    • Percussion and Music Industry alumnus to speak to students
      Friday, Feb. 8 | Noon-1 p.m. | Fox Recital Hall Shota Miyazaki, a 2017 graduate of the MSUM School of Performing Arts, will present an informative presentation: […]
    • Hair in Concert
      Saturday, Feb. 9 | 7:30 p.m. | Hansen Theatre
    • Honors High School Percussion Ensemble Concert Cancelled
      Due to weather related travel issues for the high school participants, the Honors High School Percussion Ensemble performance scheduled for […]
    • MSUM alumni, students, faculty take part in ‘Dani Girl’ production
      MSUM alumni, students and faculty will take part in the Wheelhouse Theatrical Production of Dani Girl, a musical by Kooman […]
    • President’s Winter Celebration of the Arts
      Friday, Dec. 7 | 7:30 p.m. | Hansen Theatre
    • Musical Theatre Ensemble Concert
      Friday, Nov. 30 | 7:30 p.m. | Gaede Stage MSUM’s School of Performing Arts presents the Music Theatre Ensemble and […]
    • Senior Recital: Taylor Myers (Voice)
      Sunday, Dec. 2 | 1-2:30 p.m. | Fox Recital Hall Join us for the Senior Recital of Taylor Myers (Voice) […]
    • MSUM String Ensemble performance
      Saturday, Dec. 1 | 7 p.m. | Glasrud Auditorium The MSUM String Ensemble, under the direction of Dr. Earnest Lamb, […]
    • Senior Recital: Erika Jenson (Voice)
      Sunday, Dec. 2 | 7:30-9 p.m. | Fox Recital Hall Join us for the Senior Recital of Erika Jenson (Voice) […]
    • Works-in-Progress
      Tuesday, Nov. 27 | 7:30 p.m. | Hansen Theatre Works-in-Progress, an eclectic dance concert showcasing the work of student dancers […]
    • Senior Recital – Ray Johanneck (Trombone and Piano)
      Saturday, Nov. 17 | 1-2:30 p.m. | Fox Recital Hall Join us for the Senior Recital of Ray Johanneck (trombone […]
    • Senior Recital – Bailey Benoit (Trumpet)
      Saturday, Nov. 17 | 4-5:30 p.m. | Fox Recital Hall Join us for the Senior Recital of Bailey Benoit (trumpet) […]
    • University Music Series: Jazz Ensemble & Jazz Combo
      Monday, Nov. 5 | 7:30 p.m. | Glasrud Auditorium The University Music Series presents the MSUM Jazz Ensemble and Jazz […]
    • University Music Series: Day of Percussion
      Saturday, Nov. 3 | 5 p.m. | CMU The MSUM University Music Series presents a concert closing out the Day […]
    • University Music Series: Love and Lament
      Friday, Oct. 19 | 7:30 p.m. | Glasrud Auditorium The University Music Series presents a performance by MSUM Choirs on […]
    • MSUM’s ‘Fuego Tropical’ presents annual Children’s Show
      “Fuego Tropical,” the MSUM Percussion and World Music Ensemble, is busy this week performing their annual FM Learning Bank Children’s […]
    • University Theatre Season opens in October with football-themed play
      Season expanded to five productions, including hit musical Hair Performed in four fifteen-minute quarters with a half-time show, a dance […]
    • As Time Goes By
      Monday, Oct. 1 | 7:30-9 p.m. | Gaede Stage “As Time Goes By” Jenny Dufault and Stephen Sulich in concert. […]
  • Benefits of an MSUM School of Performing Arts Degree
    The School of Performing Arts faculty features impressive artistic and scholarly credentials, with an emphasis on active professional performance, ongoing research and a strong commitment to teaching. Faculty members participate with community and nationwide groups including: The Stage, Theatre B, Fargo-Moorhead Symphony and Fargo-Moorhead Opera company. They perform solo recitals, concerts and play in many local jazz and commercial bands.
    The School of Performing Arts facilities include more than 25 practice rooms, Fox Recital Hall, Glasrud Auditorium, Hansen Theatre, Gaede Stage and three recording studios. As a student in the School of Performing Arts, you’ll have 24-hour access to the building in order to practice when it fits your schedule.
    MSUM has a rich history as a prestigious teaching college, and continues to highly value educating teachers, who help us fulfill our purpose of transforming the world by transforming lives.
    Joining one of MSUM’s 11 vocal and instrumental ensembles will broadly expand your performance repertoire and help you grow your skills as a performer. Music students have opportunities to perform in ensemble concerts, in chamber groups, and in solo recitals, including monthly department recitals.
    The MSUM University Theatre Series includes several mainstage productions, two annual dance concerts and many student-directed and/or created pieces each year. The mainstage productions involve students from across campus who participate as performers and technicians.
    Countless opportunities to collaborate across the School of Performing Arts, as well as within the School of Teaching and Learning, allow for enhanced learning and communication, giving you a well-rounded, versatile education.
    Learning Opportunities Outside the Classroom

    MSUM’s School of Performing Arts offers a unique and wide selection of learning opportunities to give you a well-rounded educational experience. You will gain professional-level experiences participating in ensembles, theatre productions, organizations and conferences.

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  • Careers & Outcomes
    The School of Performing Arts graduates enjoy rich and varied careers in theatre, music, education and arts industries.
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